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Clark - Horace


Source: H. W. Beckwith History (Chicago: HH Hill, 1880) p 257

CLARK, Horace M., farmer, Garfield, was b. Sept 6, 1850. His father, Samuel Clark, was b. in SC, and in 1838 settled in Rush Co, IN where he resided until 1847, which time marks the date of his arrival in Montgomery co. He was a miller by trade, and ran the Clark Mill, in connection with his farm, several years with good success. He was born in 1799, and died in 1878. He was a Friend and a strong abolitionist. he was always found in the front ranks, fighting for the principles he firmly believed to be right, and made his house a station on the "underground railroad," where the weary and persecuted refugee was fed, clothed and cheered onward in his flight for liberty. He came form a slave state, knew the horrors of the curse, and hated it. He adopted for his motto, "In matters of conscience first thoughts are the best, while in matters of judgment, the last," and acted strictly upon it. His life is the perfect embodiment of a grand lesson, teaching every young man that principle should be sacrificed for no cost, for no consideration. He was a man possessed of a lively sense of the right, and he loved to exercise his judgment in the cause of religion, education and political liberty. His mother, Mary D. Clark was born in 1809 and is a native NC from whence they came in 1818 to Orange Co In and in 1831 arrived in Montgomery. She was also a Friend, and through her long, eventful life has ever exercised the same christian forbearance that characterizes that model sect. Horace M. has spent the majority of his years in teaching and farming. he entered Wabash College in 1869 and after 6 years of patient research graduated with honor in the classical course 1875. After his grad. he began teaching in this County and by his thoroughness and systematic classification of practical information imparted to his students, rapidly rose in the estimation of men capable of passing upon superior methods and men. He also studied law, but on account of poor health was compelled to abandon his desires in that direction. He then went west and taught several months in Calif.; Oregon and Washington territory. He is a member of the Friends Church and of the Phi Beta Kappa Soc of Wabash College. His home consist of 80 acres, well improved six miles from Crawfordsville. - typed by kbz
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